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The Wizard of Menlo Park

By Linda Tancs

History buffs know that the Wizard is none other than Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb, phonograph and over 400 other inventions.  Menlo Park is the site within Edison, New Jersey where the great innovator worked his magic.  Although another museum in West Orange gets more attention (and more tourists), this little enclave on Christie Street has one of those first light bulbs and the letter to the editor giving rise to the Wizard appellation.  You would have trouble finding the place but for the concrete tower topped off by a 3.5 ton bulb that rises like a phoenix above the trees on Lincoln Highway.  Are you the next great American inventor?  Stop by for a visit and maybe you’ll find your muse.



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